Arizona Graphic Design Schools and Careers

Career Information for Graphic Designers in Arizona

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Graphic designers, also called graphic artists, create effective and visually aesthetic designs, layouts and corporate communication strategies for clients. Some graphic designers work on-site at a firm or company; others are consultants or freelancers who work out-of-office on a contract basis. Designers can work for corporate businesses, advertising and design agencies or publishing companies.

Graphic Design Schools in Arizona

A bachelor's degree from a college, university or design school is usually required to become a graphic designer. Many schools require students to complete a year of basic art and design courses before enrolling in a bachelor's degree program. Graphic design programs usually cover coursework in principles of design, studio art, commercial graphics production and printing techniques. In addition to these art and design courses, it may be helpful to take classes in psychology, foreign languages, cultural studies, marketing and business. It is important to note that graphic designers also need to have good communication and problem solving skills as they must be able to work with clients, copywriters, vendors and anyone else involved in a design project. Arizona graphic design schools offer both online and traditional campus-based programs to give you the education and skills you need to become a graphic artist.

Graphic Designer Salaries in Arizona

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of graphic designers is expected to increase 13 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those with a background in website design or animation will see an increased demand for their services as more clients and companies move towards interactive media. To become one of the 3,260 graphic designers in Arizona, begin earning your degree from one of the following Arizona graphic design schools. As of May 2009 (latest available data), in the state of Arizona, graphic designers earned $19.94 an hour, or $41,480 annually. Opportunities for graphic designers can be found statewide, but are most common in the Phoenix area and in Tucson.

Whether you want to work for a big advertising company, start your own design firm or do part-time freelance work, earning a degree from one of the following graphic design schools in Arizona will help you achieve your goals.

Fast Facts for Graphic Designers in Arizona

  • Cities with highest percentage of jobs relative to population: Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson
  • Cities with lowest percentage of jobs relative to population: Yuma, Kingman and Prescott
  • Cities with the highest absolute number of jobs: Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff

Salaries for Graphic Designers in Arizona

  • Metro areas with the highest median salaries: Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff

Schools for Graphic Designers in Arizona are listed below.

Selected Graphic Design Schools in Arizona

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More Arizona Graphic Design Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Arizona State University Tempe Doctorate & First Professional 51,481
Arizona Western College Yuma Associate 6,953
Cochise College Douglas Associate 4,133
Glendale Community College Glendale Associate 18,444
Mesa Community College Mesa Associate 24,470
Northern Arizona University Flagstaff Doctorate 21,347
Northland Pioneer College Holbrook Associate 4,686
Phoenix College Phoenix Associate 11,097
Pima Community College Tucson Associate 32,982
Rio Salado College Tempe Associate 18,331
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale Associate 10,371
The Art Center Design College-Tucson Tucson Bachelor 311

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Graphic Designers

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Arizona. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Graphic Designers

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Graphic Designers relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Flagstaff 40 $43970 0.45
Phoenix 2280 $44820 0.82
Mesa 2280 $44820 0.82
Scottsdale 2280 $44820 0.82
Prescott 70 $34320 0.82
Lake Havasu City 50 $30560 0.8
Kingman 50 $30560 0.8
Tucson 430 $44100 0.81
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